With the team at Poverty, Inc., Mark Weber questions our beliefs. From philanthropic actions to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the movie challenges us to ask ourselves: Could I be part of the problem?

Christina Hertel believes that local communities are a crucial, yet often overlooked battleground for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. When public and private solutions fail, local communities can either accept their fate or assume responsibility and take charge of shaping their lives.

Antonio Hautle is striving to implement the ten UN Global Compact Principles together with companies who want to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Carlos Alvarez de la Vega transforms traditional reporting into creative communication pieces. With a global innovation team, he promotes and develops strategies and tactics seeking to transform business.

Céline Arnold is crafting the sustainability strategy at Coop, organized around three core pillars: Sustainable products; Environment and climate protection and Employees and social commitment.

Lien de Cuyper's research mainly focuses on social ventures, hybridity, individual and organizational identity. She also has an interest in corporate accelerators, and in the management of activities that happen on the nexus of corporations and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Fabian Käser is committed to the early detection of cancer in children living in the rural areas of Tanzania and Uganda. #HelpCancerVillagers provides access to healthcare with an AI based cancer screening tool.

Geoffrey Kistruck is the Director of the Social Innovation Research Lab, whose purpose is to bridge the gap between academia and the development community. He observed that academics are focused on publishing in top academic journals - which are overly abstract, and practitioners are focused on 'big picture' issues - which aren't granular enough for academics to study. SIRLab has developed a collaborative research model that allows for a 'win-win' scenario.

Inès Burrus started her career in the Sustainable Agriculture department of a major multinational company. She led projects in the Ivory Coast and in the coffee-growing regions of Vietnam where she collected and analyzed data from farmers. These experiences inspired her to explore ways to improve rural youth livelihoods.v

Martina Dopfer believes in empowering mindful makers and leaders. The platforms she has created favor an integrated leadership transformation that goes beyond the classical organizational approach and takes the whole human being into account.

After a corporate career, Melissa Matteucci initiated International Women Association in Cambodia. IWA Kep empowers women by offering them training and a space to express their creativity by recycling plastic bags into handicrafts.

Lorenzo Massa has observed that while many companies have a sustainability program, only precious few have developed a structured sustainability strategy and innovating business models.

Food is an incredibly powerful tool to bring people together. When paired with art and culture it can facilitate interactions and discussions of important social issues.

That is the foundation of Foodculture Days: “Beyond food’s nourishing, esthetic or sensory qualities, we think that its production, preparation and consumption can contribute to a collective transformation, making it one of change’s key factors.”

Let's serve those who do good.

It doesn’t take more than a few minutes in conversation with Rajiv and watching how he engages with those around him to know that he is living the spirit of the GoodFestival everyday. After a global corporate career Rajiv initiated GoodFestival with an incredible team that is taking a bigger leadership role every day.

Using knowledge and research to do good.

Martina has been moving between the worlds of academia and field work, looking for ways to operationalize knowledge so that it can be applied in the real world. Fascinated by people, she studied a Bachelor in Psychology with a particular interest in how we can build a society that really listens and cares. At the same time she wants to understand how we can psychologically adapt to thrive in a world marked by rapid innovation and incredible technological advancements.

Envisioning real utopias.

Having grown up in an international context and travelled a lot, Laura developed a strong interest in human rights, the environment and sustainability issues. After a Bachelor in International Relations, she decided to take a year off to start contributing in her own way as a global citizen. This eye-opening gap year - during which she raised awareness about the unsustainability of food systems at COP21 and worked on the implementation of Agenda21 in Switzerland - inspired her to study a Master’s in Social Development, focusing on forms of collective action aiming to address contemporary ecological, economic and social crises.

Taking on the gender gap and celebrating great women leaders.

Ingrid has always known that she wants to find a way to help the people in her native Honduras. In particular she is concerned about the gender gap, which is particularly acute in low-income communities. Currently working on her second Masters Degree, Ingrid is developing the skills and tools necessary to tackle the interconnected challenges of education, health and women’s empowerment.